The release of the highly awaited iPhone 4S in mainland China almost caused a riot after angry hordes who had been waiting for days to get their hands on Apple's latest smartphone were refused entry to the store.
Die hard Apple fans tried to force the doors of the store and others pelted the building with eggs, leading Chinese police to arrest at least two people.
An Apple spokesperson told All Things D that the iPhone 4S has already sold out at all of its stores in the country. However, in one Beijing Apple Store thousands of eager customers didn't even get the chance to enter, as company officials decided to keep the store closed to protect employees and customers from the wild crowds.
"Unfortunately, we were unable to open our store at Sanlitun due to the large crowd. And to ensure the safety of our customers and our employees, iPhones will not be available in our retails stores in Beijing and Shanghai for the time being," the Apple spokesperson explained.
The company has confirmed that customers in the country can order the iPhone via the Apple Online Store, as well as from carrier partner China Unicom and other authorised resellers.